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Natural8 2020 WSOP Online Hands of the Week: Negreanu Channels Inner Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu

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The 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) online bracelet events are running now through September 6th. The series is comprised of 85 WSOP gold bracelets on the digital felt across two different clients: and GG Poker, which includes Natural8.

Each week, we’ll highlight a “Hand(s) of the Week,” which very well could include bad beats, lucky suck outs, and game-changing swings. In the first week of the 2020 WSOP online series, we shared two big hands played by

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Negreanu Channels His Inner Phil Hellmuth

In Event #68: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack, it was Level 19 when GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu looked down at the {9-Spades}{9-Clubs} in the cutoff sitting on a 6.9 BB stack. After a raise to 2.1 BB under the gun from Simon Lofberg and reraise to 5 BB next to act, action folded to Negreanu. He opted to shove holding the same hand Phil Hellmuth had when he won the 1989 WSOP Main Event.

Lofberg isolated by jamming over the top and the three-bettor got out of the way. Lofberg turned over the {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts} and it was off to the races. Negreanu held on the {7-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} flop, but disaster struck when the {k-Clubs} spiked on the river to give Lofberg the lead.

Negreanu needed one of the two red nines to stay alive, and he took advantage of GGPoker’s fun “squeezing the river” option. Well, let’s just say he liked what he saw and he captured the moment on his stream, which he subsequently tweeted out.

Heads-Up Straight Helps Propel Maimone to Win

Nick Maimone

In Level 32 (150,000/300,000/35,000) of Event #69: $1,500 Marathon, just two players from the 1,438-entry field remained when a big hand when down.

It began when Nick "rdcrsn" Maimone opened the button for 600,000 and Diego "JaxTeller" Bittar called.

Bittar check-called a bet of 445,000 after the {5-Spades}{2-Spades}{7-Hearts} came on the flop. Bittar checked again after the {8-Clubs} came on the turn. Maimone bet 756,000. Bittar raised to 2,004,000 and Maimone called.

The {9-Clubs} completed the board on the river and Bittar led out for 1,950,000. Maimone raised to 4,200,000 and Bittar got some bad news after he made the call. Bitar turned over {8-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for two pair but lost to a straight held by Maimone with {7-Spades}{6-Hearts}.

It was neither the biggest pot nor one filled with fireworks, but it was pivotal hand for Maimone, who pulled out to a more than 2:1 chip lead. Not long after, Maimone closed things out to claim the $302,472 top prize and his first gold bracelet.


Big Back-to-Back Hands for Skhulukhiia

Giorgii “NINASKH” Skhulukhiia  hand

Midway through Event #66: $800 Pot-Limit Omaha, Russia’s Giorgii “NINASKH” Skhulukhiia hit a little heater in Level 22 (6,000/12,000). In a pot of half a million, Aaron Van Blarcum was at risk with the {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{a-Spades}{10-Hearts} and "NINASKH" looked him up with the {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{j-Spades}{8-Clubs},

On a board of {6-Spades}{4-Spades}{3-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}, Van Blarcum was not able to get running cards for a full house.

Shortly after and just before the blinds went up, "sigep25" was part of a four-way pot to the {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} flop and bet 92,000, which only Skhulukhiia called. The remaining 10 blinds went in after the {k-Hearts} turn.

"sigep25": {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{6-Hearts}
Giorgii “NINASKH” Skhulukhiia: {9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{3-Spades}

Only one out would help and sure enough the {3-Hearts} river appeared to improve Skhulukhiia to quads. Those two hands helped propel Skhulukhiia to a sixth-place finish, good for $30,483.

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